Amazon Restricts Reviews by Authors

Dec 31, 2012 By: Jeff Matsuura and Craig Blakeley

In an effort to protect the integrity of its book reviews, Amazon recently imposed a ban on authors posting book reviews on works in the same genre in which they themselves write.

End-of-the-year special: Nefarious doings in the table-grape industry

Dec 28, 2012 By: Will Ashenmacher

Several grape-growers are suing over patents held by the California Table Grape Commission over two variety of grapes that, according to the plaintiffs, were in the public arena for over a year and are thus outside the scope of patent protection.

Privacy and Internet Addresses

Dec 24, 2012 By: Jeff Matsuura and Craig Blakeley

In light of a recent U.S. district court ruling that Internet users have no reasonable expectation of privacy in their IP addresses, individuals should assume that a substantial portion of their online activities are subject to monitoring by law enforcement.

Why we care about Instagram’s new terms…or not

Dec 21, 2012 By: Will Ashenmacher

Instagram recently proposed changes to its terms of use — which allow it to sell user photos without authorization — have a lot of users up in arms. Are they justified?

Who Owns Medical Device Data?

Dec 17, 2012 By: Jeff Matsuura and Craig Blakeley

Since medical device data are not governed by federal law, the manufacturers of medical devices generally assert ownership and rights of control associated with that data.

Jeff Bezos’ far-fetched patent could actually be quite fetching

Dec 14, 2012 By: Will Ashenmacher

Jeff Bezos recently obtained a patent for a “phone airbag system,” which, being exactly what it sounds like, has been described as both “crazy” and “brilliant.”

E-Discovery in Cross-Border Litigation: Part II

Dec 11, 2012 By: Daniel Garrie

This series of blog posts will address the increasingly common cross-border litigation and how the response to electronic discovery (“e-discovery”) differs among civil and common law jurisdictions.

The Controversy over Border Searches and Seizures of Computers

Dec 10, 2012 By: Jeff Matsuura and Craig Blakeley

Despite their inappropriateness, border seizures of digital equipment without warrants and associated extensive searches of the digital content of the equipment are increasingly common.

To fight fraud, VA trademarks “GI Bill”

Dec 7, 2012 By: Will Ashenmacher

In an effort to prevent federal funds from being used by deceptive education institutions, the Department of Veterans Affairs is planning to trademark the term “GI Bill”.

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